Valuable Lessons I’ve Learned About Downloads

Download Store Safety Tips

It can be quite tempting to download various types of digital content off of the Internet, now that new and more exciting programs that are being created everyday. However, if you’re not careful with the download store you choose, your device could be at risk for malware infections. The tips below can help you stay safe while purchasing products from a download store:

1. Stay away from automatic downloads.

From time to time, you may stumble upon a site that will try to download and install software on your computer automatically, meaning, whether or not you asked it to. Steer clear of these sites at any cost, unless you are absolutely sure it is safe. Infected sites are usually behind these automatic or drive-by downloads, which are meant to contaminate your computer with malware. Upon encountering them, reject such downloads instantly. Click the Cancel button as quickly as possible or simply close out your browser. If the file has been downloaded before could cancel it, scan it for viruses or delete it right away. Unless you know for sure it is safe, do not open the file.

2. Stick to products made by trusted sources.

The first cardinal rule in using download stores is to choose one that is well-established and reputable. More than anything, the safety and reliability of the site should be considered. Luckily, a quick search online can give you all you need to know about a particular download store before you begin downloading.

When buying software, never accept and start the download unless you have read the file’s documentation. There are many sites on the Internet that review software, so go ahead and visit them to give you more peace of mind. Make sure these are independent sites, however, and not marketing sites maintained by the developers themselves.

3. Put your antivirus software to use to check potential downloads.

Rock solid and up-to-date antivirus software is one of the best things you can have on your computer to shield it from threats. This software must be used for file scanning before installation. This can be usually done by right-clicking on the file and then choosing the scan option. The antivirus software will give the downloaded software a check and tell you if it’s safe or not.

4. Check the file specs for signs of authenticity.

Comparing a file’s name and size to the information supplied on the download store’s website is a good way of checking that file’s authenticity. To view file specs, just right-click on the file and choose Properties. If there are any disparities, that could mean that the file is infected.

The above tips are only some that you must practice when buying digital content from download stores. Needless to say, never ever download any file unless you have ascertained its safety.